History

NHPA Mapp California's Obsidian Trail

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The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) was a turning point in the history of archaeology in the United States.  This law required that the implementation of any project using federal funds or involving a federal permit take into account the project’s effects on historic places, including archaeological sites. 

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jul'19

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(1) Dr. Chloe Duckworth, in her “ArchaeoDuck” series, interviews osteoarchaeologist Dr. Lauren McIntyre.  Learn all about human osteology via decapitated Vikings and underground crypts.  Find out what the job is really like.  (2) In the 17th century, Šibenik, vibrant Mediterranean community and the largest city of Venetian Dalmatia, is besieged by the Ottoman Turks.  The people of Šibenik, under the unlikely but competent leadership of a German aristocrat, have to dig themselves out of a hopeless situation.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

OLLI presents - Doug Borchert - John Mackay and Mark Twain: Mining and Literary Titans of the Comstock Lode, A Unique Friendship

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OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, presents Doug Borchert and his lecture 'John Mackay and Mark Twain: Mining and Literary Titans of the Comstock Lode, A Unique Friendship.'

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jun'19

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(1) Two episodes of Dr. Chloe Duckworth’s “ArchaeoDuck” series.  She compares the scant evidence analyzed by archaeology to a jigsaw puzzle and then explains how an archaeological site is formed and why archaeologists take it apart the way they do. (2) Archaeologist-filmmaker Adam Thompson puts forth a fascinating hypothesis to explain massive architectural features made of columnar basalt as far east as Nan Madol on Pohnpei.  Did Austronesian royal elite flee from Hindu expansion in Java and migrate to eastern Melanesia?

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Strata: Portraits of Humanity - May'19

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(1) In a short comedy shot in 2003 in the fish collection at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Coounty, Gail, a university student, arrives at the fish archives of the Museum with a mission to identify bones from a dig on Santa Catalina Island.  She has a surprising adventure!  (2) In Tauste, northern Spain, a church tower supposedly built with the church in the 13th century, turns out to be the minaret of a former mosque built in the 11th century.  This video documents the research that led to this surprising conclusion and the re-imagining of Tauste history.